Renata Siuda-Ambroziak, PhD
Professor University of Warsaw
Visiting Professor at Daeman College
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:00 PM
Polish Immigrants and their Descendants in Brazil.
Brazil has the third largest Polish diaspora community in the world, after the US and Germany. Although some Poles settled down in Brazil earlier, the mass Polish immigration movement, often called the "Brazilian fever", started only after the failure of successive national uprisings organized during the partitions period. The peak of immigration occurred in the two last decades of the 19th century. However, this was just the biggest surge of immigration, after which there were at least three smaller waves. Poles left Polish territory and were attracted to Brazil due to several important political/social/economic factors. But the four main immigration waves were different - not only did they settle in different places, but the Polish immigrants also had completely different origins, opportunities, ambitions and plans for their lives in Brazil. Based on her own field studies and existing scholarship, Dr. Siuda-Ambroziak will present a general profile of this heterogeneous Polish community in Brazil. She will also discuss important issues connected with its past, present and the immediate future, including ethnic revival issues, Polish ethnic organizations, citizenship matters, and other challenges for the Polish diaspora in Brazil.
This program will be held at: Harlem Road Community Center 4255 Harlem Road Amherst, NY
Social Hour and Refreshments will follow the programs.
More information text or call: Tom Zawadzki at (716) 472-8199